The JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale held a Day of Chesed (kindness), Service and Remembrance on Sept. 9 that drew more than 700 people to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with volunteer work.
A event, held in cooperation with UJA-Federation of New York and other local agencies, included a formal memorial in memory of those who died on 9/11. The Solomon Schechter Westchester 8th Grade Girls A Capella Group sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and “The Star Spangled Banner.”
There was also a blood drive for White Plains Hospital that garnered 40 pints of donated blood. The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation registered 18 potential donors. There was also a children’s clothing drive, a toy collection for hospitalized children, school supplies collection and other community service opportunities.
Ophira Cukierman, co-president of the JCC, called it a chance for children, teens, adults and seniors to work together in a meaningful way to mark the anniversary.
The day was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as sponsors Arizona Beverages, Houlihan Lawrence, Seasons and Staples.
Middle school students make lunches for HOPE Community Services. Contributed photo.